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First Aid Policy

South Wonston Primary School
First Aid Policy


South Wonston Primary School will undertake to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation with regard to the provision of first aid for all employees and to ensure best practice by extending the arrangements as far as is reasonably practicable to children and others who may also be affected by our activities.

Responsibility for first aid at South Wonston Primary School is held by Jessica Lott (Headteacher) who is the responsible manager.


All first aid provision is arranged and managed in accordance with the Children’s Services Safety Guidance Procedure SGP 08-07(First Aid).


All staff have a statutory obligation to follow and co-operate with the requirements of this policy.


Aims & Objectives


Our first aid policy requirements will be achieved by:

  • Carrying out a First Aid Needs Assessment to determine the first aid provision requirements for our premises
    • It is our policy to ensure that the First Aid Needs Assessment will be reviewed periodically or following any significant changes that may affect first aid provision
    • The Children’s Services First Aid Needs Assessment Form (CSAF-002) will be used to produce the First Aid Needs Assessment for our site
  • Ensuring that there are a sufficient number of trained first aid staff on duty and available for the numbers and risks on the premises in accordance with the First Aid Needs Assessment
  • Ensuring that there are suitable and sufficient facilities and equipment available to administer first aid in accordance with the First Aid Needs Assessment
  • Ensuring the above provisions are clear and shared with all who may require them



First Aid Training


The responsible manager will ensure that appropriate numbers of appointed persons, school first aid trained staff, emergency first aiders, qualified first aiders and paediatric first aid trained staff are nominated, as identified by completion of the First Aid Needs Assessment, and that they are adequately trained to meet their statutory duties.


Appointed Persons


At South Wonston Primary School there are 3 appointed persons who are as follows:


  • Jessica Lott - Headteacher
  • Sarah Rowe – Deputy Headteacher
  • Pippa Howe-Velazquez – Administration Officer


Where the first aid needs assessment identifies that qualified first aid staff are not necessary due to the nature/level of risk, the minimum legal requirement is to appoint a person (the Appointed Persons) to be on site at all times during the working day. Appointed persons are in place to take charge of first aid arrangements including looking after equipment and calling emergency services.


Note: Appointed Persons are not First Aiders and should not provide first aid for which they have not been trained. However it is good practice to provide appointed persons with some level of first aid training.  Such training does not require HSE approval.


School First Aid Trained Staff


At South Wonston Primary School there are 10 school first aid trained staff, they are as follows:

Mrs Beamish

Mrs Bewick

Mrs Dickson

Mrs Drury

Mrs Ferguson

Mrs Kimber


Miss Rosier

Mrs Tait

Mrs Webster

Mrs Wilkinson

This optional, bespoke training for school staff is available to assist the school in meeting its own duty of care towards its pupils. It is not a substitute for HSE-approved first aid training which qualifies staff to provide first aid to other adults.  This training should be provided only where:

  • Additional training is considered to be required for appointed persons in order to enhance their role to provide first aid to children; and/or
  • Other staff, in addition to Emergency/Qualified First Aiders, are also considered to require some level of training in order to provide first aid to children


Emergency First Aiders (Those completing the HSE approved 1-day emergency first aid course)


At South Wonston Primary School there is 1 emergency first aider who is as follows:


  • Tara Irving - Admin Assistant


They will be responsible for administering first aid, in accordance with their training, to those that become injured or fall ill whilst at work or on the premises. They may also have other duties and responsibilities which are identified and delegated as appropriate (e.g. first aid kit inspections).


Qualified First Aiders (Those completing the HSE approved 3-day first aid course)


At South Wonston Primary School there are no qualified first aiders.


Paediatric First Aid Trained Staff


At South Wonston Primary School there are 5 paediatric first aid trained staff who are as follows:

  • Jules Brown – Reception TA
  • Charlotte Street – Reception TA
  • Martha Palin – Reception TA
  • Pippa Howe-Velazquez – Senior Admin Officer
  • Tara Irving - Admin Assistant
  • Amy Hussain - Admin Assistant


These staff are in place to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory obligations for provision of first aid to those children aged 5 years old or younger.


First Aid Provision


Our First Aid Needs Assessment has identified the following first aid kit requirements:

  • 4 first aid kits on the premises
  • These first aid kits are situated in the medical room (one supply to stay in the medical room and one is available for off-site school trips), YR classroom and in the lunch-time boxes.


It is the responsibility of the Admin Assistant to undertake a regular check of the contents of all first aid kits at the beginning of each half term.


First Aid Room


The Medical Room (situated at the main entrance of the school) is designated as the first aid room for treatment, sickness and the administering of first aid and administration of medicines. The first aid room has the following facilities:


  • Clean running water; first aid kit/supplies; plastic chairs that can be easily disinfected; a fridge; easy access to the telephone.



Emergency Arrangements


Upon being summoned in the event of an accident, the first aider and/or appointed person is to take charge of the first aid administration/emergency treatment commensurate with their training.  Following their assessment of the injured person, they are to administer appropriate first aid and make a balanced judgement as to whether there is a requirement to call an ambulance. 


The first aider/appointed person is to always call an ambulance on the following occasions:


  • In the event of a serious injury
  • In the event of any significant head injury
  • In the event of a period of unconsciousness
  • In the event of a serious asthma attack or allergic reaction
  • Whenever there is the possibility of a fracture or where this is suspected
  • Whenever the first aider is unsure of the severity of the injuries
  • Whenever the first aider is unsure of the correct treatment


In the event of an accident involving a child, where appropriate, it is our policy to always notify parents of their child’s accident if it:


  • is considered to be a serious (or more than minor) injury
  • requires first aid treatment (other than a minor injury)
  • Bump to the head (other than a minor bump)
  • requires attendance at hospital


Our procedure for notifying parents will be to use all telephone numbers available to contact them and leave a message should the parents not be contactable.

In the event that parents cannot be contacted and a message has been left, our policy will be to continue to attempt to make contact with the parents every hour.  In the interim, we will ensure that the qualified first aider, appointed person or another member of staff remains with the child until the parents can be contacted and arrive (as required).


In the event that the child requires hospital treatment and the parents cannot be contacted prior to attendance, the qualified first aider/appointed person/another member of staff will accompany the child to hospital and remain with them until the parents can be contacted and arrive at the hospital.


Out of hours and Trips


The first aid arrangements for all school-managed and organised after school activities (parent’s evenings, school fetes and sports activities) are considered in this policy. On occasions where there may be the need for additional provision the school will carry out a needs assessment for that activity.


Where the school have arrangements to let/hire out buildings to external organisations there need to be arrangements in place to co-ordinate the first aid arrangements with the hirer. This is managed by Lesley Ward Admin Officer or Leanne Barker Snr Admin Assistant in her absence who will ensure that these arrangements are recorded in the lettings/hire agreement.


The first aid arrangements for school organised trips/visit are included in the risk assessment for each trip. These are reviewed for each trip/visit and the level of first-aid provision is reviewed to ensure adequate cover is provided for the trip/visit, and that sufficient cover is retained at the school to cover those who stay at school.




All accidents requiring first aid treatment are to be recorded with (at least) the following information:

  • Name of injured person
  • Name of the qualified/emergency/school/paediatric first aider or appointed person
  • Date of the accident
  • Time of the accident
  • Type of accident (e.g. bump on head etc)
  • Treatment provided and action taken
  • A treatment slip will be given to a child where they have received First Aid.